Rash of business robberies have police concerned

By Pete Caggiano, pcaggiano@kitv.com
Published On: Jul 25 2014 08:47:49 PM HST
Updated On: Jul 25 2014 10:08:10 PM HST

An early morning robbery at a gas station on Kapahulu Avenue is the most recent in a series of armed robberies on Oahu.

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On Thursday, there were armed robberies at a Wendy's in Mapunpuna and the day before at a Wendy's in Kunia.  There have also been armed robberies at two McDonalds and a Jack in the Box.   

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They are just the latest in rash of business robberies on Oahu. 

The latest robbery occurred off Kapahulu at a Tesoro gas station at 3:30 a.m.  A masked man pointed a gun at the cashier and told her she had 20 seconds to fill a bag with cash.

Just an hour earlier, an Island Mini Mart on Kipapa Drive in Mililani was robbed. The Honolulu Police Department is concerned and believes the crimes were likely committed by the same person. They do not, however, believe it to be the same person who has been knocking off local fast food chains.

The suspects have not been easy to identify. “A lot of them are covered up, sometimes they wear gloves or have bags on their hands. They are very aware about leaving traceable evidence,” says Honolulu Police Department Major Lester Hite.

HPD says the suspects in the convenience store robberies and fast food robberies are somewhere between 5-foot-3 and 5-foot-6. The suspect is often carrying a gun or weapon and escapes on foot to a parked or waiting getaway car. Police ask anyone with information about the crimes to call Crimestoppers at 955-8300.

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